Dyslexia Screener Update
Effective September 1, 2017
The 85th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2017, passed HB 1886 amending TEC §38.003 to specify that a student enrolled in public schools must be screened or tested as appropriate for dyslexia and related disorders with a program approved by the SBOE. The legislation requires that the program must include screening at the end of the school year for all kindergarten and first grade students. Additionally, HB 1886 requires the TEA to annually develop a list of training opportunities that comply with the knowledge and practice standards of an international organization on dyslexia. The training must also enable an educator to understand and recognize dyslexia and implement systematic, explicit, and evidence-based instruction to meet the educational needs of a student with dyslexia.
What does H.B. 1886 say?
(a) Students enrolling in public schools in this state shall be screened or tested, as appropriate, for dyslexia and related disorders at appropriate times in accordance with a program approved by the State Board of Education. The program must include screening at the end of the school year of each student in kindergarten and each student in the first grade.
*H.B. 1886 includes other components that are not included in the paragraph above that are not directly related to the dyslexia screener.
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What Screener Are We To Use?
Who Will Administer the Screener?
How Do We Report the Data from the Screener?
Research continues to support the need for early identification and assessment (Birsh, 2011; Sousa,2005; Nevills & Wolfe, 2009). The rapid growth of the brain and its responsiveness to instruction in the primary years make the time from birth to age eight a critical period for literacy development (Nevills & Wolfe, 2009). Characteristics associated with reading difficulties are connected to spoken language. Difficulties in young children can be assessed through screenings of phonemic awareness and other phonological skills (Sousa, 2005).
(p. 13, HB)
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